Childwatch International – Key Institution Profiles

Childwatch International

Australian Institute of Family Studies

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Australian Institute of Family Studies

300 Queen Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Tel: +61-3-9214 7888
Fax: +61-3-9214 7839
Web site:

John Shelton
E-mail: [email protected]
Acting Director

– Parenting, including fathering
– Child maltreatment and child protection
– The life course of Australian families
– Families as carers
– Family formation, dissolution and reformation
– Family trends monitoring
-Indicators of wellbeing for children and young people
– Geographic distribution of families
– Rural family issues
– Families and housing
– Families and work
– Australian living standards study
– Families and the development of human, family and social capital
– Families and policy change toward self-provisioning
The institute has 46 staff in three programme areas:
– Research
– Information dissemination
– Corporate services
The disciplines among staff are:
– Psychology
– Sociology
– Education
– Statistics
– Policy analysis
– Economics
In the information programme, personnel are:
– Librarians
– Editors
– Media liaison and marketing officers
Corporate service personnel are trained in:
– Accountancy
– Information technology
– Administration
We have direct contact with many of the other Key Institutions of Childwatch
International. In addition, we maintain links with:
– International Family Policy Forum (Toronto, Canada)
– Vanier Institute (Montreal, Canada)
– European Observatory on National Family Policies (Social Policy Unit,
University of York, UK)
– International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (Amsterdam,
the Netherlands)
– Dartington Social Research Unit (Dartington, UK)
– Thomas Coram Research Unit (London, UK)

Last updated: 1 July 1999